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September 25, 2020, 7:40 AM

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Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Amazon announces Luna cloud gaming service, going live in October for $5.99/month, with a gamepad and support for Fire TV, PC, Mac, iOS, and later for Android  —  Spoiler: It's not a native iOS app.  —  4m ago  —  Luna is what happens when you take the subscription model of Prime Video …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Ring unveils Always Home Cam, an autonomous drone that can fly around inside a house, expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year  —  The Always Home Cam is an ambitious new home security device  —  Ring latest home security camera is taking flight, literally.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon announces redesigned spherical Echo devices, including $99 Echo, $60 Echo Dot with Clock, and $50 Echo Dot, with on-board speech analysis  —  Amazon just unveiled an all-new Echo with a revamped design.  It comes in three colors and features a spherical design.
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
The European Commission says it will appeal the July 2020 ruling that reversed the original $15B fine against Apple and Ireland over State Aid and taxes  —  It's not over until it's over for Apple and its ongoing tax headache in Europe.  Today the European Commission announced that it plans …
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
Facebook says it removed 200+ accounts Thursday that were associated with US election interference in the past, “including those involved in DC leaks in 2016”  —  Facebook on Thursday removed over 200 phony accounts and dozens of pages that originated in Russia and pumped …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet  —  Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook outlines new rules for its internal Workplace, including banning profile pictures that promote specific political candidates or causes  —  - Facebook on Thursday outlined its new set of rules for employee communications within Workplace, the company's internal social network.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center  —  Official candidate info will also appear in searches  —  YouTube is stepping up its measures against misinformation around the upcoming US election.
Rob Davies / The Guardian:
Ex-Cambridge Analytica head Alexander Nix banned from running limited companies for seven years over “potentially unethical” behavior linked to the scandal  —  Alexander Nix, the former boss of Cambridge Analytica, has been banned from serving as a company director for seven years over …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Hootsuite says it will terminate its ICE contract after disagreements within the company spilled over into public view when an employee tweeted about the deal  —  After disagreements within the company spilled over into public controversy, Hootsuite says it won't go forward with a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Wired:
A look at Twitter's hack on July 15, the drastic changes it made in the immediate aftermath, and its plans to prevent an Election Day meltdown  —  On July 15, Twitter melted down.  On Election Day, that's not an option.  —  JULY 15 WAS, at first, just another day for Parag Agrawal, the chief technology officer of Twitter.

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